Compliance FAQ

All compliance requirements should be completed through the Blackboard Compliance course or turned into the appropriate office before starting classes at the UR School of Nursing.

For questions about compliance or health form requirements, see below:

Q: Why do I have to have two PPDs?

A: The School of Nursing follows the same requirements that are used by the School of Medicine and Dentistry. If a student tests positive on either of the two skin tests, a chest X-ray is required that is negative for disease.  Because our hospital and affiliates serve a vulnerable population, this ensures our students will not pass the disease to patients.  For hospital employees who have proof of continuous annual testing, two skin tests are not required.

Q: I can’t locate my MMR vaccination records. What do I need to do?

A: Serologic evidence of measles immunity is acceptable for establishing immunity. To demonstrate a positive titer, you must provide a lab report. 

Q: I had chicken pox as a child. How do I prove that to you?

A: You can provide a lab report that demonstrates evidence of a negative varicella titer.


For UR Employees:

Q: I am a UR employee and a patient with URMC’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Strong Employee Health). Can the School of Nursing access those medical records?

A: No. We do not have access to your employee health records. Contact Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) to request your medical records, or complete and return this consent form to have your employee health records released to University Health Service (UHS).

Q: I got my flu shot at a UR employee clinic. Can the School of Nursing access those vaccination records?

A: No. We do not have access to your employee flu vaccination records. Contact Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) to request your immunization records, or complete and return this consent form to have your employee vaccination records released to University Health Service (UHS).

Q: Why can’t the School of Nursing access my employee health or vaccination records from Occupational and Environmental Medicine? Aren’t they both part of UR?

Even though you are a UR employee and the School of Nursing is a UR institution, your employee status is considered separately from your student status by New York State laws for health and immunization verification. While Occupational Environmental Medicine (OEM) handles employee medical records, University Health Service (UHS) handles records for students. Due to HIPPA regulations, OEM and UHS are not allowed to cross reference your medical information without your authorization. To release your employee health and/or vaccination records, contact Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM), or complete and return this consent form to have your records released to University Health Service (UHS).

 Q: If the hospital says I am compliant, am I also compliant with the School of Nursing?

A: No. The School of Nursing’s compliance requirements for students are different than the hospital’s requirements for employees. For instance, the School of Nursing requires some vaccinations that are not required of hospital employees.

Q: Are vaccination requirements for students different than for employees?

A: Yes. For example, students are required to have a polio vaccine. Students are also required to have a Meningococcal vaccine or a signed declination form, as well as two tuberculin skin tests, if they have not been done annually. Learn more about our immunization requirements for incoming students.